Crossing Boundaries Project
Department of Education

The Crossing Boundaries project at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is seeking candidates for the position of Curriculum Development Specialist.

Crossing Boundaries is a National Science Foundation funded initiative that provides middle and high school students with knowledge, skills, motivation, and inspiration to use information and communication technologies in addressing biodiversity conservation issues in regional and international contexts. The project entails curriculum development, sustained teacher professional development, and opportunities for students to see scientific and environmental careers in action. Using geospatial tools and other technologies, secondary students will analyze biodiversity conservation issues in their local or regional environment as well as in the Kenyan Savannah, Brazilian Amazon and Chiapas, Mexico.


Applicants should have a background in education or educational outreach, creative use of emerging technologies in education, and experience designing and writing curriculum. The successful candidate will:

  1. inspire and support secondary teachers in creative applications of geospatial, information, and Web 2.0 technologies in science teaching,
  2. design and/or refine lessons and units that use specific technologies to explore environmental issues,
  3. prepare current and future Crossing Boundaries lessons and units for web and print publication,
  4. organize and disseminate the technological resources necessary for the Crossing Boundaries curriculum,
  5. organize and share relevant local, regional and international conservation and environmental resources,
  6. work collaboratively with other Crossing Boundaries staff.

Preferred Qualifications: A person with a B.S., B.A., M.S. or M.A. in science, science education, environmental education, K-12 education, or a related field will be sought. Experience in K-12 settings and knowledge of teacher professional development and curriculum design are essential. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is also desired: science, biology, environmental science, environmental studies, geoscience, geospatial technologies, limnology, outdoor education, teaching, or watershed management.


Salary and Duration: This is a benefits-eligible position of 20 hours per week at $17/hr. Because it is a grant-funded position, this is a temporary position to end no later than June 30, 2013.

The Curriculum Development Specialist will work on the HWS campus and actively collaborate with faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Please submit a letter of interest, a vita, and letters from three references to:

Jim MaKinster, Director
Crossing Boundaries Project
300 Pulteney St.
Geneva, NY 14456

If you have questions contact Jim MaKinster makinster@hws.edu or 315-781-3141. Review of completed applications will begin on February 15th, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information, please visit the following websites: Hobart and William Smith Colleges http://www.hws.edu and Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Education Program) http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=1663.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,100, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.